Advocacy

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Roger Roper (left) at Preservation Lobby Day, 2013. Also pictured are Peggy Moretti, Congresswoman Bonamici, and Brett Estes (Restore Oregon photo)

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The Statewide Voice

Restore Oregon (formerly Historic Preservation League of Oregon) serves as the statewide voice of preservation and reuse, addressing issues that threaten communities’ historic fabric such as zoning, economic incentives, or simple lack of awareness. Our goal is to bring forward issues in a way that advances solutions. Ultimately we strive to promote livability, pedestrian scale, authenticity, distinctiveness, community connectedness, cultural roots, and the sustainability of adaptive reuse.

  • You’ll find current stories on preservation and adaptive reuse from around the state on our Newsroom.
  • Restore Oregon actively partners with the Oregon Main Street program to revitalize historic downtowns and co-sponsors the Oregon Main Street conference.
  • We’re happy to consult with members on local preservation issues, provide testimony, or write letters of support where appropriate. Email or call our office at 503 243-1923.

Direct Preservation

We’re launching a new initiative of “direct preservation.” In the months and years ahead, we will directly intervene to save selected historic properties that are urgently at risk. We will take ownership of them, stabilize the structure, permanently protect them with a conservation easement, and transfer them into the hands of owners who can complete the restoration.

Our first direct preservation project is the Sam Brown House, in Gervais – one of the most important Pioneer Era homes in the state. This historic property is in the process of being donated to Restore Oregon.

Finding Solutions at the Preservation Roundtable

Restore Oregon hosts an annual Preservation Roundtable, to address the challenges plaguing Oregon’s historic Main Streets. Each Roundtable culminates in a special report outlining solutions for which we advocate. Below are past reports:

Revitalizing Main Street Economic Development & Job Creation Through a Rehabilitation Tax Credit


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Economic Development & Job Creation Through a Rehabilitation Tax Credit

Compatible Infill Design, Principles for New Construction in Oregon’s Historic Districts

Resilient Masonry Buildings , Saving Lives, Livelihoods, and the Livability of Oregon’s Historic Downtowns

Healthy Historic Districts,  Solutions to Help Preserve and Revitalize Oregon’s Historic Downtowns

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Resolving Functional Obsolescence, Securing the Future of Oregon’s Pioneer-Era Properties


Statewide Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation